Wetumpka, Alabama

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Wetumpka is a city in Elmore County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 5,726.[1] The city is the county seat of Elmore County, one of the fastest growing counties in the state.[2] The city is considered part of the Montgomery Metropolitan Area.

Wetumpka promotes itself as "The City of Natural Beauty". Among the notable landmarks are the Wetumpka crater and the Jasmine Hill Gardens, with a full-sized replica of the Temple of Hera of Olympia, Greece.

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Etymology

The name "Wetumpka" is a Creek place word meaning "rumbling waters", supposedly a description of sound of the nearby Coosa River as the water falls over the rapids of the Devil's Staircase, which could be heard for miles before the construction of dams.[citation needed] Wetumka, Oklahoma was named by Creeks after being forced west to Oklahoma, then the Indian Territory, by the Indian Removal Act.[citation needed]

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